I did my weekly shopping yesterday at Shop Rite in Middletown and noticed the red, yellow and green tickets next to the checkout counter. I was too distracted by 1. My haste to get out of the store and 2. by the bird flying around inside to pay them much attention. Seeing the Jersey Bites blog burst post today via Twitter made me think that if I disregarded the tickets at check-out, maybe lots of other people did as well. I (of course) am going to go back and donate, but I also feel compelled to help spread the word. There are many hungry children and adults that need your help all year. I took the paragraphs below directly from the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Website.
Every September through January, the Check-Out Hunger Campaign begins at most major supermarkets in our area. Displays with coupons of $1, $3 and $5 are positioned at each check-out counter to give shoppers an easy way to donate to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties – just add the value of the coupon to your grocery bill at the check-out counter to help a local family in need. 100% of the proceeds go to the FoodBank to help fight hunger in our neighborhoods.
Participating stores include A&P, Fine Fair, Foodtown, Genuardi’s, Pathmark, Shop n Bag, ShopRite, Super Fresh, Wawa and Wegmans. Check-Out Hunger 2010 in New Jersey is made possible in part by a grant from NRG, a wholesale power producer based in New Jersey.
As the economy worsened in the last year, requests for food rose by 30%. Thanks to your support, the FoodBank was able to meet this challenge by providing a million more pounds of food than it did in the previous year.
Every dollar counts! For every dollar you donate, the FoodBank is able to provide a family with 9 pounds of groceries.
Volunteers are needed each year as well to help replenish the coupons at their local supermarket. If you can help, please call the FoodBank or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Please be sure to visit the other bloggers who participated in Blogging Out Hunger.